Israeli police have rushed into the compound of the Dome of the Rock and mosques at the Temple Mount after a firebomb was thrown at a police outpost located at the holy site, Haaretz reported. There has been no official information on casualties, but The Jerusalem Post has reported that at least one police officer has been seriously injured as result of the incident.
The incident has reportedly led to clashes at the site between local worshipers and police, who have closed off all gates to the Temple Mount and to the Old City. The Red Crescent has reported that two Palestinians were injured during the clashes and sent to the nearest hospital. The police have reportedly started evacuating people from the holy site for the duration of an investigation into the incident.
Haaretz has reported that at least four people have been arrested following the attack, including Muslim custodians of the site and worshippers.
Social media users have shared alleged videos from the site, depicting black smoke apparently coming from one of the entrances of the building and a significant police presence on the scene.
BREAKING:— F. Jeffery (@Natsecjeff) March 12, 2019
Heavy rioting going on now at Al-Aqsa/Temple Mount. A lot of pulling and pushing between Palestinians and Israeli security forces. At least four rioters have been arrested. #Jerusalem pic.twitter.com/otvpiYLX5I
Another video from Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. Credit unknown for both videos pic.twitter.com/bBHKF2aiYv— Yonat Friling (@Foxyonat) March 12, 2019
Another video, published by a user, named Aurora Intel, claims to show the detainment of a person, allegedly responsible for throwing a Molotov cocktail.
The post previously faced similar attacks with the most severe being in 1990 leading to the death of 17 Palestinians after a crowd of locals surrounded Israeli policemen barricaded in the outpost.